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Powered by 4 - October 12, 2011

  • 2011 Oct 12


To Fleece or Not to Fleece?

today's reading.
Judges 6:25-40    The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD gave them into the hand of Midian seven years...

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To fleece or not to fleece--that's the question on my mind after reading Judges 6:36-40. The time has come for Israel to go to battle against the Midianites and Amalekites. Gideon has rallied the troops, but he's still a little uncertain and fearful. So, using a fleece of wool, he asks God for two very specific signs to let him know if God is serious about using him to rescue Israel. Both times, God responds just as Gideon requested.

Now here's the thing, God is God. He's in control and He certainly doesn't answer to us. Yet, He answers Gideon's specific requests for signs. Now I'm a little torn on this one because it doesn't seem right to me to put a fleece before God. But then again, maybe it's not the request itself that's problematic, but whether it's a demand on our part or a sincere request because we need guidance.

So let's hear it. What are your thoughts on "to fleece or not to fleece" and why? Tami W.

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